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At Bailey & Gunderson, our attorneys help people going through some of life's most difficult challenges. We bring our experience, skill and creativity to every case, taking on all types of Family Law including Divorce, Bankruptcy, Probate and Estate Planning issues.  Learning that most people ask the same questions - this blog is our way of providing some general legal information.  Feel free to contact our Cincinnati Law Offices to discuss your specific situation. 

The Ohio State Bar Association has provided an informational video and list of guidelines to follow if you are stopped by a police officer. The video link is as follows: https://youtu.be/9mpqCHU0ZQ0 . You can also obtain more information about police stops on https://www.ohiobar.org/my-ohio-rights/ .

Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. Always consult with an attorney after a police stop if you have been charged with a crime or traffic violation.

This insight into the law is provided by the law firm of Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township. Phone: (513) 631-0022.

 

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Recently, a client consulted with our office for assistance to administer the estate of her late sister. The client’s sister had prepared a Last Will & Testament herself without the assistance of an attorney.

Upon examination of the sister’s Last Will & Testament, it was discovered that the sister’s Last Will & Testament was not properly executed pursuant to Ohio law. Specifically, the client’s sister signed her Last Will & Testament before a notary public. A notarization of the sister’s signature on her Last Will & Testament did not create a valid Last Will & Testament.

Ohio law required that the sister sign her Last Will & Testament in the presence of two (2) witnesses, who must also sign as witnesses to the sister’s execution of her Last Will & Testament in the presence of each other. By the sister’s failure to execute her Last Will & Testament in the presence of two (2) witnesses, the sister’s Last Will & Testament was invalid.

That’s not the end of the story. The client's sister had made provisions in her Last Will & Testament to leave her estate to the client and the client's husband for their assistance, both personally and financially, to the sister provided for a number of years. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the sister’s Last Will & Testament was invalid, the sister’s estate must now be distributed among all of the sister’s siblings. Therefore, the sister’s goal to provide for the client and the client’s husband will be unsatisfied.

The moral of this story is that the wishes of the client’s sister could have been satisfied by the sister consulting with an attorney and having a Last Will & Testament prepared and executed in the correct manner required by law. The expense the client’s sister would have incurred for attorney fees to have a Last Will & Testament properly prepared by an attorney would have been minimal compared to the additional expenses that shall be incurred to administer the sister’s estate with an invalid Last Will & Testament.

This insight into the law is provided by Michael S. Bailey, Esq. of the law firm of Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township. Phone: (513) 631-0022.

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A dissolution of marriage may be the answer for you. A dissolution of marriage is a process to terminate a marriage “by agreement”. Prior to any filings with a court, the spouses can agree that each spouse shall retain his or her own assets even if the division of assets is not fair or equitable. The key to a dissolution of marriage is that both spouses reach an agreement regarding the division of their assets, which is committed to a signed, written agreement.

This is contrasted with a divorce where a Domestic Relations Court Judge is required to allocate the “marital” assets equally between the parties. Marital assets are those assets acquired by the parties “during the marriage”. A divorce is necessary when the spouse cannot reach an agreement regarding the division of their assets making a dissolution of marriage not possible.

Find out how a dissolution of marriage may be advantageous to you by contacting us at Bailey & Gunderson, Attorneys-at-Law, at (513) 631-0022 with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township.

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A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a debt relief option where a plan is approved by a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge permitting a person to reorganize their debts.

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy can allow a person whose payments are behind for their real estate mortgage or auto loan to retain their real estate or auto. This prevents the real estate from being foreclosed upon by a creditor or the auto from being repossessed by a creditor.

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is sometimes required if a person requires debt relief, but their income is too high to qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

In some cases, a Chapter 13 is the only option when there was a recently filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and the time period for re-filing another Chapter 7 bankruptcy of 8 years has not expired.

There are other reasons that may require the filing of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy as opposed to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy when someone is having financial problems and requires debt relief.

Please call the attorneys at Bailey & Gunderson at (513) 631-0022 with office in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township for further information if you are considering filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy to address your financial issues.

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It is not unusual when we consult with a client about a divorce that typically one person in the household manages the finances. When it is the client’s spouse who manages the household finances, many times the client does not know about all of the investments, retirement plans, bank accounts, debts, etc.


What can you do to protect yourself? Seek professional help from an attorney to guide you how to learn about your household finances before informing your spouse that you want a divorce. An attorney knows the questions to ask and can guide you so that you can learn about your household finances before filing for divorce. Doing so will help you reach a more equitable settlement or outcome in your divorce action.


The attorneys at Bailey & Gunderson, with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township, can help guide and educate about this process. If you should have any questions about this or any other issues, please call us at 631-0022.

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Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., is Cincinnati Family Law. Estate Planning And Bankruptcy Lawyers located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and represents clients across Hamilton County and beyond, in places such as Batavia, Norwood, Western Hills, Anderson Township, Anderson, Amelia, Mason, Harrison and Hamilton. 

Disclaimer: The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.

 

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